March 14, 2017

"If you count the tail as a leg, how many legs does a donkey have?”

In which a 100-year-old man gives advice to a 17-year-old Australian and teaches him the essential truth that objective truth exists.

Rudolfo spoke little to anyone but towards the end of the evening he approached me and said: “Stefano,” (35 years later and he remains the only person to have ever called me that) “Let me give you the same advice my father gave me as I set out on my path as a young man. He himself received the advice from his own father and it will aid you both as a lawyer and as a man.”

Rudolfo continued: “In all things in life be guided by the answer to the old riddle: If you count the tail as a leg, how many legs does a donkey have?” I  answered, “Five.”

The answer of course is not five, but four.

“It will always be four,” he said. “Calling a tail a leg does not make it one. Merely calling something or someone by a name or label does not make it so…things are what they are and the truth is always what it is. Pretending doesn’t change reality. Recognize all things for what they truly are and act according to that truth. “
Posted by Jill Fallon at March 14, 2017 2:19 PM | Permalink